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At Art Therapy & Creative Counseling we specialize in a comprehensive approach to psychotherapy using art therapy and other modalities for self expression. We assist our clients to facilitate the power of the creative process to foster therapeutic and introspective change. We work with children, adolescents and families as well as group therapy services.
What is Art Therapy?
"Art Therapy is a mental health profession that uses the creative process of art making to improve and enhance the physical, mental and emotional well-being of individuals of all ages. It is based on the belief that the creative process involved in artistic self-expression helps people to resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behavior, reduce stress, increase self-esteem and self awareness, and achieve insight."
-American Art Therapy Association~
What to Expect From Therapy
Expect to spend time with a professional therapist who will listen and not judge. She will research conditions that are impacting your life, and ask meaningful questions. Clients are guided to identify and recognize to their complex emotions. A treatment plan is jointly crafted and can be updated over time. You can expect to feel supported and guided in your journey.
What is Therapy?
- Therapy is a special time reserved for the client and therapist to talk about a client’s stressors or life goals. They might work on therapeutic activities together, particularly when the client is very young. (However, therapeutic arts are available to all ages!)
- The therapist and the client develop a trusting relationship over time. They are respectful to each other by participating fully, arriving on time, and sharing any concerns. It is based on honesty, trust, and confidentiality.* Exceptions to confidentiality: if client is in danger of hurting themselves or others.
- Therapy should feel supportive, but not like a friendship. This is a close, professional, trusting relationship where the client is free to share their thoughts and concerns.
- The therapist may bring up topics that the client seeks to avoid because they are painful. However, this is an important part of personal growth. The therapist will gently guide the client through these growth discussions and the client will gain insight as a result.
- Therapy not about simply getting advice. Instead, it is about learning to analyze the best direction, with a trusted guide to help in the process. In a therapeutic relationship, the client is always in charge of all life decisions. The therapist will help the client assess and evaluate, but it is the client who determines their own course of action.
- Each session is a unique opportunity to share and be heard. The more engaged and open a client is with the therapist, the more benefit will be derived.
- Talking and/or artistic expression helps to understand motivation and behavior. Sometimes a person may be too close to a situation to see the full picture, but when they express themselves, they gain insights that improve their quality of life.
- Talking helps to process emotions and difficult situations to foster healing and growth.
- Talking helps to reflect on progress toward goals. (For example, an educational goal, a relationship goal, a personal goal, etc.)
What to Bring to Therapy
- An open mind and heart, along with a readiness to share and learn about oneself through a process of self-exploration and your insurance card.
- It is helpful to think about a few areas that have been on your mind before each weekly session in order to help the client and the therapist to maximize their 50-minute session.
- Beyond the session itself, clients should consider what changes they might try during the time in-between sessions. (For example, “I will try to be kinder to myself this week, watching out for negative thoughts.”)
Things to ask your insurance company prior to your first visit at ATCC
- Do I have Behavioral Health Benefits?
- What is my deductible and has it been met?
- How many sessions per calendar year will my plan cover?
- Do I have a co-pay or co-insurance and what is the amount?
- How much will my plan cover for out-of-network providers?
- Is approval required from my primary doctor?
~ Payment is required at the time of service ~
We strive to provide individuals, families and children with the navigational tools to overcome the obstacles that life often presents by designing strategies for resolving internal and interpersonal conflicts. We believe in the positive power of the creative process and the resilience of the human spirit.
Insurance & Payment Info:
We offer a complimentary phone consultation prior to your first appointment to help determine fit and the availability of our clinicians.
- Average cost (per session):
- Self Pay & Super Bill
- Virtual Telehealth
Accepted Payment Methods:
Cash, Check, Credit Card, HSA, FSA
Accepted Insurance Plans:
- Anthem BlueCross & BlueShield
- Husky/ Medicare
- Optum, ConnectiCare, Oxford, United Healthcare
(Insurance plans and payment methods vary by clinician)
Please be aware that there is a 24-hour cancellation policy. Cancelling an appointment with less than 24 hours notice and/or failing to show for a scheduled appointment will result in a fee.
Cancelling a scheduled appointment involves the reservation of time set aside especially for you. You may also inquire whether there is an option to meet virtually if your unable to attend an in-person session. Insurance companies do not reimburse for missed sessions.
Please do not attend a psychotherapy session if you are sick or feverish for at least 24 hours. Kindly call your clinician to reschedule.